Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘#ShannaHatfield’

Chasing Christmas.jpg

I’m excited to share a little about Chasing Christmas with you today! This is book 5 in the Rodeo Romance series and it will release Nov. 9!

He certainly didn’t ask Santa for a bride. . .

Professional bull rider Chase Jarrett has the world on a string. The only blight in his idyllic existence is his nosy cousin’s nonstop nagging about his need for more publicity. Tired of listening to her suggestions, he gives her free rein when she hatches a plan to skyrocket his popularity. All he has to do is show up for a phony wedding in Las Vegas. Then Chase discovers the wedding was real, the surprise bride is beautiful, and his sponsors are demanding he remain married.

Shy and introverted, the last thing Jessie Pierce wants is to find herself in the spotlight. But thanks to a meddling so-called best friend, that’s exactly where she’s at. The promise of an all-expenses paid vacation to Las Vegas lures her on an adventure that ends with her unexpectedly married to a hunky bull rider who would draw her out of her shell if she’d let him.

A business proposal leaves the two of them committed to a year of marriage. How hard could it be to remain wed in name only?

Wrap yourself up in the joy of holidays and falling in love in this sweet, lighthearted romance from USA Today Bestselling author Shanna Hatfield.

Pre-Order your copy today!

button order now

Chasing Christmas 3

Excerpt:

Now, as she observed him, she felt a tug at her heart that she’d never see him again. Oh, she’d see him ride at the rodeo, of course, but it wasn’t the same. Not when she stood almost toe-to-toe with him, lost in the bright light of his hazel eyes and the warmth of his smile.

He stared into her face for the length of several heartbeats before he spoke in a husky tone that made her toes tingle. “I had a nice time with you, too, Jessie. Thank you for agreeing to Ashley’s crazy plans and participating in the sham wedding. It was fun to spend the day with you. You’re a great girl and anyone would be lucky to have you as their real bride.”

Jessie blushed and would have backed away, but Chase’s callused palm glided along her cheek before he cupped the back of her neck, drawing her flush against him.

His mouth settled on hers in a soft, gentle kiss that lingered far longer than she anticipated. When she attempted to draw a breath, he deepened the kiss, wrapping both arms around her.

Feeling boneless as he captivated her with passionate kisses, Jessie forgot they were standing next to the curb in front of a posh hotel. She forgot about contests, fake weddings, and ridiculous publicity stunts.  She forgot about being shy or shocked by his unexpected affection.

All she could think about was the man holding her close to his heart, one that pounded in time to her own. His woodsy, leather-tinged scent tantalized her senses as she melted against him, wishing she belonged with him — to him.

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Joy Lessons Week 42

Basic RGB

I spent the past four days in California at the InD’Scribe Conference.

While there I attended classes, listened to a very inspiring keynote speech by Brenda Novak, participating in a big book signing event, and got to wear a beautiful evening gown for the awards ceremony. But the thing I enjoyed the most, the thing that gave me the most joy from the weekend, were the new friends I met.

One wonderful friend I’ve known only on Facebook was there and it was such a blessing to get to meet her in person and hang out with her both Thursday and Friday evening.

I also met some fabulous people I know I’ll stay in touch with. Although it’s easy for me to be introverted and hide in my writing cave, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people.

Read Full Post »

Joy Lessons Week 41

10-9

The past few days have left me full of emotions (of all sorts), and deeply grateful for the wonderful people who bring me such joy.

The Fall Into Romance boxed set released Thursday with a technical glitch that caused twenty-four hours of intense, horrible, every-authors-nightmare kind of headaches.

Before the issue was completely resolved, I jumped in the car with Captain Cavedweller so we could head out for my auntie’s 85th birthday party. I’m so glad we’d already planned to attend her celebration because I needed that time away from my computer to regroup, find some peace, and let my well of joy replenish.

We had such fun at the party, seeing family members we don’t often get to see. After the party, a few of the cousins went back to my auntie’s house where we got to see the gorgeous engagement ring my awesome cousin Brad (the birthday girl’s son) recently gave his girlfriend (whom we all adore). What a fun way to wrap up that day and the engagement was my auntie’s favorite gift!

My birthday was yesterday and so, so many people made me feel special, loved, appreciated and remembered. And I appreciate each one of you!

My little cup of joy is overflowing this morning and I’m determined to  do my best to keep it filled.

May this week fill your well of joy and your heart with happiness!

Read Full Post »

Picture
Fall Into Romance is officially available today.
Download this boxed set with 10 brand-new novellas, complete with a happily-ever-after for humans and their animal companions, for only $0.99!
Get your copy today!
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo | Google
Surround yourself in the romance of the autumn season with 10 heartwarming, sweet novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Each story takes you inside the heart of a small town-its people-and features adorable animal friends in need of a forever home.
 

Picture

Finding Forever in Romance by Melanie D. Snitker
Brent’s hands are so full he doesn’t realize his heart is empty. But how can he convince Nicole to trust him and give them all a chance at the forever family they deserve?

Lost in Romance by Stacy Claflin
Work is Alisyn’s life. Everything is perfect until the day her boss’s son comes to town and takes her breath away. Will she risk it all for love?

At Second Glance by Raine English
Can an ornery French bulldog help a mismatched couple find love?

Blown Into Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Free spirit Brooke Roberts blows into Romance like an autumn storm, unprepared to fall for the handsome rancher who gives her a reason to stay.

Wired for Romance by Franky A. Brown 
Electrician Josh Chadwick can rewire his new client’s house, but he can’t do a thing about the electricity sparking between them.

Restoring Romance by Tamie Dearen
She’s a big city chef who likes cats. He’s a small town mayor who restores antiques. But even with feline allergies at play, true love is nothing to sneeze at.

Finding Dori by J.J. DiBenedetto 
She’s a loud, pushy New Yorker who drives him crazy. He almost ran her over with his truck. Of course they’re perfect for each other…

Katie’s Chance for Romance by Jessica L. Elliott
Five years ago she pushed him out of her life, but she couldn’t force him from her heart.

Chasing Romance by Liwen Y. Ho 
When pop sensation Chase Lockhart wants more than a room at Izzy Sutton’s Bed and Breakfast, she must decide whether it’s worth opening up her heart to him, especially when he’s eleven years her junior.

Lessons in Romance by Kit Morgan
A rooster, a tortoise and love, oh my! Now if the humans could just figure out the love part, they might all live happily ever after.


Join Us for the Release Party!
Fall Into Romance Release Party

Join the authors today from 2:30 until 6:15 p.m. EDT
for prizes, games, giveaways, and much more!

Party Schedule (Eastern Time):
2:30-2:50 p.m. – J.J. DiBenedetto – Author
2:50-3:10 p.m. – Susan Hatler
3:10-3:30 p.m. – Author Kit Morgan
3:30-3:50 p.m. – Raine English
3:50-4:10 p.m. – Shanna Hatfield
4:10-4:30 p.m. – Liwen Ho
4:30-4:50 p.m. – Stacy Claflin
4:50-5:10 p.m. – Author Franky A. Brown
5:10-5:30 p.m. – J.J. DiBenedetto – Author 
5:30-5:50 p.m. – Tamie Dearen
5:50- 6:10 p.m. – Melanie D. Snitker, Author

Read Full Post »

Please give a warm welcome to J.v.L. Bell as she joins us to today to talk about her book, The Lucky Hat Mine! Welcome!

51rf7cmuqll

Colorado Territory, 1863

What’s a Southern Belle to do?

Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she’d survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains only to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the remote mining town of Idaho Springs without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant, but her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancé, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.

Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie’s log cabin, insists that his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.

The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with fun frontier history and a bit of romance to create a story the Denver Post described as “Filled with period detail and real-life pioneers, a spirited…tale.”

As a new author, I love to hear what readers think of The Lucky Hat Mine, so please drop me a line at julie@jvlbell.com. If you enjoy audiobooks, The Lucky Hat Mine is read by Nancy Wu and guaranteed to entertain.

Thanks so much to Shanna for inviting me on her blog.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Julie!

***

91opiffrqyl-_ux250_Author J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who grew up climbing 14,000 ft. mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and hiking in the deserts of Utah. Whenever possible, she and her family can be found hiking, rafting, or cross-country skiing.

Read Full Post »

I promised to share some photos of the Westward Ho Parade in Pendleton, and here they are!

a troops

These four started off the parade. Loved their uniforms and how seriously they took their job.  They were also at the rodeo on Saturday during the opening ceremony.

 

a grand marshal 1

This is the parade Grand Marshal. The fun thing is that my daddy worked for his dad way back in the 1950s when my mom and dad were newly married.

a mounted band

The mounted band is always such fun. I so admire people who can do two things at once… like ride a horse and play an instrument. Not everyone can say they play a tuba while riding a horse.

a bevy of court

Miss Rodeo members from various states chose to ride in a wagon with their chaps on display. It was fun to see them, full of smiles for the crowd.

a wagon 1

The team of horses was impressive, but this wagon… the woodwork on it was gorgeous and my photo does not do it justice. Seriously, it was absolutely beautiful!

a longhorns 2

So… if you don’t have a horse, just go ahead and ride a longhorn.

 

a longhorns

Legendary Longhorns have been participating in the parade the last few years. They also take their animals to the park (where a bunch of vendors are set up) and people can get a  photo sitting on one of the longhorns. It’s always fun to see them in the parade.

Mules 1

I think after writing about Steve the Mule, I now have a thing for mules. So enjoyed seeing this team.

As for the bloopers, here are a few of my favorites…

blooper 1

 

blooper 2

 

blooper 1

 

a bulldogger

This poor guy slid I can’t tell you how far in the grass. Glad I’m not the one having to get the stains out of his jeans.

blooper 3

This cowboy missed his mark and landed in front of the steer. And the steer didn’t slow down, just ran right over him.

blooper 4

And this one missed bulldogging his steer, too. As thanks, the steer stomped on his leg.

If you have any fun captions for these photos, please feel free to share in the comments!

 

Read Full Post »

Joy is…

a great rodeo

BB f1

Captain Cavedweller and I spent the weekend at the Pendleton Round-Up.  It’s something we look forward to attending all year.  I have a lot of fun just snapping photos during the rodeo, so I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

BAREBACK

BB1

Swan Lake starts to play in my head when I look at this photo.

BB f17 2

Liked the colors in this one… of his shirt, boots and the horse.

BB3

Eye-catching colors…

BB2

And the dust softening the image.

INDIAN RELAY RACE

A Indian Relay

The Indian Relay Race hearkens back to the early days of the Round-Up and is still an action-packed event. Teams race around the big track to win the title of this event. Each rider switches horses three times. And some of these horses act is though they’ve barely ever seen humans let alone been ridden before. Oh, and did I mention they ride bareback? At Saturday’s championship race, one of the horses got away and started racing in the opposite direction around the track. Made for some exciting moments for the spectators as well as the racers.

CALF ROPING

calf roper 1

This is my favorite of all the calf roping photos I took. I love the look on his face and the way the rope is floating above the calf.

SADDLE BRONC

bronc S2

Saddle Bronc is probably my favorite event.

Bronc F17 2

Why, you ask?

Bronc s1

There’s the fact The Christmas Cowboy hero is a saddle bronc rider and it’s what started me out on the Rodeo Romance series of my books.

Also, these guys ride with a certain grace and panache…

Cort 2

And we love cheering for this guy – Cort Scheer. I met his sweet mama and sister years ago in Las Vegas and enjoy staying in touch with them.

dismount in crowd

This is one of my favorite photos from the rodeo this year. The rider made his eight second ride (which took him into the crowd of cowboys watching on the grass). He dismounted and landed on his feet right there to receive a bunch of hearty slaps on the back from his peers while the horse caused a bunch of last-minute scrambling. (Note the one cowboy who’s got a death grip on the back of a photographer’s vest in the lower left corner). Oh, and Cort is the one laughing and cheering right by the horse. So fun!

B pickup men

I don’t think these guys get enough credit for what they do, but the Pickup men are awesome.

BULLDOGGING

bulldogger 1

I didn’t get a lot of fabulous Bulldogging photos, but I liked this one because you see so much action in it.

BULLRIDING

bullriderF17 1

This bull has a rather devilish look to him. I don’t think the tongue out and flying snot is helping any.

bullrider F17 2

Kickin’ up dust…

bull 1

It’s challenging for me to get good bull riding shots because the bulls stay so close to the chutes.

a bullfighters.jpg

The bull fighters did a fantastic job at the rodeo. Dusty Tuckness is a crowd favorite and Tim  O’Connor was fabulous, too.

clown 1

If any of you read Barreling Through Christmas, above is a barrel and the rodeo clown just happens to be inside it at this particular moment.

Enjoy the photos today? If so, I’ll share some of the parade and a few “blooper” photos tomorrow!

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »